Administration’s Censorship of State Dept. Video Mirrors Deletion of Hollande’s ‘Islamist’ Remark

Craig Bannister | May 10, 2016
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The State Department’s censorship of an on-camera confession made by spokeswoman Jen Psaki appears identical to the recent censorship by the White House of video of French Pres. Hollande speaking the words “Islamist terrorism” exposed by MRCTV.

Fox News’ James Rosen reported on Monday that the State Department edited out an on-camera admission by Psaki in 2013 that it is Obama administration’s policy to lie to the American people, and that the Iran nuclear deal was “a good example” of a time it did.

The administration used the same censorship tactics earlier this year when it edited out audio of Pres. Hollande calling “Islamist terrorism” the root of terrorism today – a story MRCTV exposed:

“The White House website has censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.” The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.”

The two censorships by the Obama administration follow the same pattern:

  • A comment objectionable to the administration was edited out of the official video posted on a government website,
  • The censorship was discovered and documented because the official government transcript had not been edited,
  • The missing video was, somehow, found and restored to the version on the government website – after the censorship had been exposed, and
  • The administration pleaded ignorance of the editing once it had been made public.

Rosen’s revelation begs a question posed to MRCTV multiple times since it broke the Hollande story:

Is this an isolated incident, or are there other times the administration has edited out comments it doesn’t want the American people to hear?